History Today

Niall Ferguson.

‘What will future generations judge us most harshly for? Losing the Second Cold War to China.’

Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. By Robert F. Sargent

In this episode we travel to the south coast of England where we witness the final preparations for D-Day, before joining the Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy.

Travels Through Time Pliny the Younger_Vesuvius

This episode takes us back to AD 79, where we join Pliny the Younger as he witnesses one of the ancient world's most shocking events: the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

The Acropolis of Athens by Leo von Klenze.

The worst kind of government – apart from all the others – faces increasingly tough challenges. Four leading historians consider its future.

 Leticia Landon Travels Through Time

Letitia Landon – 'L.E.L.' – was one of the brightest stars of Georgian London's literary scene, but she remains an enigma whose life and death are open to interpretation. 

The Wild Hunt of Odin, by Peter Nicolai Arbo, 1872, National Gallery, Oslo.

A chaotic, menacing assembly of gods and trolls and restless souls.

Emma Smith.

‘We can’t see our own blindspots, so, as we anatomise those of our predecessors, we perpetuate our own.’

Travels Through Time Sultan Saladin

Travel to one of the bloodiest years of the crusading era. Saladin recaptures Jerusalem, winning fame and admiration in both the West and the Islamic world.

Illustration of Mary Walcott at the Salem witch trials.

Leading historians discuss one of the burning questions of the day.

2019 Longman Shortlist

The six titles on the shortlist for our annual book prize.